Abraham Lincoln


1940 Caldecott Medal Winner

This book is breathtakingly beautiful... It's truly a living book that brings you in as you read. It has quickly become a family favorite! - Heather O.

Make Abraham Lincoln your child's friend with this book! Beautifully written and illustrated, this book is definitely a keeper. - Janet

In honor of the 75th anniversary of the 1940 Caldecott Medal award this edition reintroduces readers young and old to America's most beloved President through exquisite illustrations made from the original lithographic proofs the authors created in 1939. This delightful biography traces Lincoln's life from his birth in the Kentucky wilderness, to his shop-keeping days in New Salem, becoming a lawyer in Springfield, and his eventual election as President. Woven throughout are his legendary adventures, his humor and wit, and stories you won't read anywhere else.

Of our nation's historical icons, Lincoln is the quintessential embodiment of American possibility in his mythic-like rise from rail-splitter to Chief Executive and Emancipator of the oppressed. The admiration felt by Americans for Lincoln's humble integrity, his noble statesmanship, and his keen sense of justice, is beautifully captured in the illustrations and text.---from the publisher

64 pages                          978-1893103610                      Ages 8-12

Keywords:  biography, Caldecott Medal, president, American history, 8 year old, 9 year old, 10 year old, 11 year old, 12 year old


America was at a crossroads in 1939 as they debated whether to join the Allies in their battle against Hitler's relentless march across Europe. As European immigrants the d'Aulaires felt keenly the importance of standing against injustice, and saw in Lincoln the archetypal American hero as he stood against the injustice of slavery. It was this spirit they hoped to exemplify in their biography of young Abe as he grew into manhood against the backdrop of the wilderness of Kentucky, the deep woods of Indiana, and the prairies of Illinois. Camping for weeks in Lincoln country, the d'Aulaires imbibed the spirit of the man Lincoln as well as his humor and good will. From his days as a clerk, teaching himself law reading Blackstone, practicing law in Springfield, running unsuccessfully for office, debating Stephen Douglas over the issue of slavery, and ultimately becoming President of the United States, the d'Aulaires have written and beautifully illustrated the life of one of America's most remarkable citizens. This book was awarded the Caldecott Medal in 1940.---from the publisher

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